taint

1
[ teynt ]
/ teɪnt /

noun

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to become tainted; spoil.

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Origin of taint

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1325–75; conflation of Middle English taynt, aphetic variant of attaint struck, attainted, past participle of attainten to attaint; late Middle English taynt hue, tint <Anglo-French teint (<Latin tinctus, equivalent to ting(ere) to dye, tinge + -tus suffix of v. action); and teinte<Late Latin tincta inked stroke, noun use of feminine of past participle of tingere

OTHER WORDS FROM taint

un·taint·ed, adjectiveun·taint·ing, adjective

Words nearby taint

Definition for taint (2 of 2)

taint2

or t'aint


noun Slang: Vulgar.

the area between the testicles or vulva and the anus; the perineum.

Origin of taint

2
it ain’t (the one or the other), meaning it is the area in between
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British Dictionary definitions for taint

taint
/ (teɪnt) /

verb

to affect or be affected by pollution or contaminationoil has tainted the water
to tarnish (someone's reputation, etc)

noun

a defect or flawa taint on someone's reputation
a trace of contamination or infection

Derived forms of taint

taintless, adjective

Word Origin for taint

C14: (influenced by attaint infected, from attain) from Old French teindre to dye, from Latin tingere to dye
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